Making an Impact
Founded more than a century and a half ago – according to some estimates – career education began with a focus on student outcomes. The programs and the related professions have changed over the years, as have the technology and the way students are instructed. Gone are the days of typewriting schools, to cite just one example. But what has not shifted in all those years is the focus on student outcomes and the importance of student success in sustaining a viable and evolving sector of higher education.
Now, with more attention being paid to it than ever before, career colleges are continuing on its central mission: to change students’ lives. Not much more than a decade ago, the sector was making advancements quietly. Those steps forward came by the way of online education and program flexibility that students needed to make the pursuit of education feasible. And nothing has changed in that regard despite all the new attention being paid to career education in general.
Career college students have continued to graduate and find personal success, and its leaders have continued to innovate. At a time of great challenge, we’ve seen the leaders on the following pages make critical contributions to career education in the areas of education models and delivery, student financial planning, business management, marketing and advertising, law and politics, and more. Each of them shares a common motivation: the success of today’s career college students. These leaders are the group that has remained at the forefront of innovation, offering continued advancements and keeping students as the unchanging core of all it does.